|Location:||Novy Afon, Abkhazia|
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|1965||discovered by a sheperd boy in search for a lost sheep.|
The Novoafonskaya peschera (New Afon Cave) is the most important tourist cave of Abkhazia and Georgia. It is well developed, with paved paths, bridges, electric light and an artificial entrance tunnel. The entrance tunnel is so long, tourists are brought in on electric trains.
The cave is very huge, and six big chambers are developed for the public. The biggest one is the Gruzish Cavers Chamber, which is 260m long, 75m wide and up to 50m high, with an area of 10,635m² and a volume of 114,250m³. Abhaziya Chamber is 150m long, 40m wide and up to 30m high. It has an area of 5,710m² and a volume of 290,875m³. The main passage of the cave is 1.5km long.
Novoafonskaya is widely renowned for its wealth of speleothems. Beneath stalactites and stalagmites, which are formed of calcite, there are also gypsum crystals of various forms. Crystals resembling little flowers, cover the formation called White Mountain.
Unfortunately, after the collapse of the Soviet Union and with all the internal troubles of Georgia, both Russian and international tourism almost came to an end and the cave has very little visitors.